What to do in Santa Luzia Tavira Algarve ?

Boat Rides at Ria Formosa Natural Park

The Ria Formosa Natural Park has been voted one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Portugal not only for its unique location but because of the sheer variety of landscapes and wildlife. The rare coastal lagoon constantly changes with tides, wind and water currents. The area is home to one of the largest seahorse populations in the world and is a bird watcher’s paradise. There are many local boat trips that will cruise through the water channels out to the fishing villages on the barrier islands, the beaches and around the lagoon to see the flora and fauna of this spectacular natural park.

Dolphin Watching

Nobody can resist the lure of seeing dolphins in their natural habitat. This delightful experience at sea will allow the visitor to experience the behaviours of bottle nose and common dolphins in their natural environment. From time to time, ocean turtles, flying fish and sunfish can be seen.

Sea Fishing

A fabulous experience is to try your luck at sea fishing from one of the fishing boats that will take you to the best fishing spots. Look forward to catching pollock, mackerel, snapper, garfish, hogfish, and black sea-bream.

Water Sports

Cabanas de Tavira offers a wide variety of water sports to be enjoyed by all the family. Everyone will have fun on the water ring rides being towed along in the sea by a fast boat. For beginners and more experienced enthusiasts there is kite surfing, paddle boarding, sailing, surfing and windsurfing.

Barril´s Beach in Santa Luzia

The Praia do Barril is an idyllic Algarve beach situated on the sandbar island of Ilha de Tavira. Evidence of the tuna fishing heritage can be seen and the original fishermen’s cottages have been converted sympathetically into restaurants, shops and cafes. Barril Beach is reached by miniature railway (once used to transport the tuna catch to the village centre) or can be reached on foot. THis is the location of the famous “Cemetry of Anchors” where the rusting anchors are displayed in the sand dunes, where once they would have weighted the tuna rigging down so the shoal of tuna could be caught in the nets. There are toilet facilities and a life guard is present during high season.

Soak up the Atmosphere

There is such a variety of food on offer at the various establishments, you will be amazed by the different cuisine on offer. This picturesque area is perfect for relaxed lunches, romantic dinners, watching the sunset with a cocktail while soaking up the tranquillity and charm of this special place. It goes without saying that sampling the local wine is a delicious business and of course is very affordable too. Browsing the shops will turn up some exquisite hand crafted items to take back home as a memory of your visit.

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